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Old 06-01-2014, 08:55 PM   #41
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One was a miniature stainless steel commode custom fabricated in-house for a retiring master plumber. Nice paperweight, if nothing else. In another instance, I took the nameplate from a boiler being decommissioned and after it was signed on the backside by all of his co-workers I presented it to the retiring mechanic, who had been servicing boilers since his youthful days in the navy. Hopefully it found a spot on the wall in his fishing shanty.
I have two cool gifts like that. One is a concrete core sample that's polished up with a nice label on the front to commemorate the opening of a major roadway project I worked on. The core sample was removed from the project itself, so I always have a little piece of it to remember the project by (like a piece of the Berlin wall).

Another is a road sign from the same project. Overseeing signing plans, fabrication, and installation was one of my roles.
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:29 PM   #42
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I was self employed and my employer didn't get me anything at all. I really didn't expect anything, but now I am feeling a bit peeved.
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:43 PM   #43
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I was self employed and my employer didn't get me anything at all. I really didn't expect anything, but now I am feeling a bit peeved.
I'm still self employed (part time) and when I retire from this, my employer is thinking of buying me a Corvette. I haven't passed this through HR yet (DW), so I am not sure the retirement gift will materialize.
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:15 PM   #44
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Not retired yet. But throughout my working career, I received a lot of T-shirts and hats. Some have company logo. Some are given out after a project rollout. I now have a life time supply of T shirts and hats.

One company gave us jackets, rain coats, carry-on bags, electronics, clocks, crystals...
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:09 AM   #46
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Not retired yet. But throughout my working career, I received a lot of T-shirts and hats. Some have company logo. Some are given out after a project rollout. I now have a life time supply of T shirts and hats.
When I left my company I didn't even take the corporate-logo coffee mug issued to me on my first day. I left it in the break room. I did get a couple of company T-shirts, which I plan to donate to our local thrift store. I'm hoping they'll show up on a security camera during a bank robbery.

Like you, though, I never have to buy T-shirts. I participate in athletic events and they almost always include a T-shirt so I've got piles of them.
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There was a hole in the pin that was not supposed to be there. I could not believe that they would give any one who had worked for 30 years a defective pin.
Are you sure the diamond didn't fall out? lol

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I was self employed and my employer didn't get me anything at all. I really didn't expect anything, but now I am feeling a bit peeved.
You did get something, the money your employer didn't spend on a retirement gift!!!!!

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I'm still self employed (part time) and when I retire from this, my employer is thinking of buying me a Corvette. I haven't passed this through HR yet (DW), so I am not sure the retirement gift will materialize.
There are quite a few Corvette people on this forum. Maybe we could talk to HR (DW) and explain the joys of driving a Corvette. Also how great she would look in one. (See this is another reason I can't retire yet. I'm a car lover and an enabler when it comes to buying vehicles) Any special year you would want? One friend's wife bought him a new C7 last year for his 50th birthday.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:53 AM   #48
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I was only at my last employer for a little more than a year so I didn't get anything official when I ER'd. However I did get two unlocked nexus smartphones from other gifts/bonus/etc that the company gave out. Fairly useful as I was using a crappy flip phone before. I have it on ptel so my phone bill is problem a few $ per month.

The company also paid the extra taxes on the gifts so that was a nice touch. Still would have preferred cash though.
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I didn't get anything from my employer, but my customers and coworkers got together and took me to a really nice restaurant for lunch and chipped in for a $100 Visa gift card. I was touched and pleased they took the time to see me off. Their show of appreciation meant more to me than anything my boss would have given me.
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There are quite a few Corvette people on this forum. Maybe we could talk to HR (DW) and explain the joys of driving a Corvette. Also how great she would look in one. (See this is another reason I can't retire yet. I'm a car lover and an enabler when it comes to buying vehicles) Any special year you would want? One friend's wife bought him a new C7 last year for his 50th birthday.
Yes, I'd love to have my old 1965 Corvette roadster back, but that's not going to happen. My budget is way less than a restored C2. I have been shopping the ads for a 2001 - 2002 with low mileage and not beat to hell or with lots of mods. I figure I have time to look, seeing we are car heavy right now and the sale of my 2002 Dodge RAM SLE pickup will be the trigger. Timing may be this Fall/Winter when the Corvettes go back in the garage for storage and some guy needs the money and decides to part with his cream puff.
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Back in the mid 90's, when I left a large consulting firm's Denver office, they gave me a plaque with my name engraved on it. It meant nothing to me, because once I leave a place, I'm done with them - I don't care to reminisce about them and would never have anything like that on display in my home.

I used to park my car in the back of the building, where all the trash bins were. So as I was walking to my car with my little box of personal belongings, I stopped by the dumpster first, lifted the lid, threw in the plaque, and let the lid fall back down with a big bang.

As I was getting in my car to leave, I noticed my former boss standing at the door looking right at me. I'm pretty sure he saw me throw the plaque away. I just got in my car and drove off for the last time.

Hopefully the takeaway for him was not to buy useless crap for people who are just going to throw it away. I have no use for that kind of junk.
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Yes, I'd love to have my old 1965 Corvette roadster back, but that's not going to happen. My budget is way less than a restored C2. I have been shopping the ads for a 2001 - 2002 with low mileage and not beat to hell or with lots of mods. I figure I have time to look, seeing we are car heavy right now and the sale of my 2002 Dodge RAM SLE pickup will be the trigger. Timing may be this Fall/Winter when the Corvettes go back in the garage for storage and some guy needs the money and decides to part with his cream puff.
Never say "never" about the '65. My husband's dream vette was a '63 split window and early in our relationship I never thought we'd get one. We always had "cars". I think we had a '70 chevelle, '68 vette and a '74 vette at the time. Found a '63 split and the guy was not mechanical so he was farming everything out and tired of paying. His restoration had been going on for years. We got it almost completely restored for $20,000. And see, I'm the enabler cause my husband didn't jump on the deal right away until I said I was going to buy it for myself. We've had it for 15 years and love that little guy.
For us late Winter/ early Spring was the best time to buy. Sometimes to make space for a new car, money for a down payment on a house, first baby. Most of our friends have gone through one of the above. There are only 2 other couples from our car friends besides ourselves that kept all their toys and kept adding on to the garage. LOL
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Are you sure the diamond didn't fall out? lol
You know, you could be right (although, as the OP mentioned, they should have noticed). A previous employer gave me a 10K charm with the company logo and one diamond at 5 years. (Pins/tie tacs were also offered but I own a charm bracelet.) At 10 years I got another charm with 2 diamonds, but this one was gold-plated. Cheap.
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Outside the pension I worked for I got a "bonus" of a piece of paper, a "Commanders Award" or something like that. It came with a supposed final cash bonus, which never materialized, apparently there was not enough money in the budget.
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Wow, a lot of anger towards employers here.
As an employer, I have noted all these comments and will put them to use when one of my long time employees retires next year.
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Wow, a lot of anger towards employers here.
As an employer, I have noted all these comments and will put them to use when one of my long time employees retires next year.
My old company would usually call the soon-to-be retiree's spouse and see what he/she would like during their leisure time (Orvis fishing pole, a series of tickets to the Sox, a GPS for their boat etc). We'd spend just under a grand per long term retiree.

I got to keep my company paid Mercedes till the lease ran out (11 months)
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I guess the point is to offer the employee something that shows some thought. The old T-shirt I got, two sizes to large, with an old obsolete school motto on it, screamed "I don't care about you!"

Years ago, I got a $10 vase, just big enough to hold one or two long stemmed flowers, with the company logo engraved on it, tactfully small and out of the way so it did not look like a product placement. Now that was a nice gift.
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Wow, a lot of anger towards employers here.
I'm not angry, but megaconglomocorp showed me long before I was laid-off/retired that I was insignificant and not worthy. Years of no raises, pension frozen, hours "adjusted", and an assorted array of craziness that would make Dilbert blush, and not so much as a "thank you".

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